Israel-Palestine conflict: Israel advocacy group files legal complaint against Red Cross

The Israeli advocacy group Shurat HaDin accusing Red Cross of inaction regarding Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza

In past hostage agreements, the Red Cross had been involved in facilitating the transfer of Hamas hostages to Israel as well as of Palestinian detainees in Israel to the occupied West Bank (photo: DW)
In past hostage agreements, the Red Cross had been involved in facilitating the transfer of Hamas hostages to Israel as well as of Palestinian detainees in Israel to the occupied West Bank (photo: DW)
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The Shurat HaDin -- an Israeli advocacy group -- has taken legal action against the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) accusing the humanitarian organisation of inaction over Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.

The advocacy group -- which fights legal battles worldwide on behalf of Israeli victims -- filed the complaint in Jerusalem on behalf of families of 24 hostages.

The group has criticised the ICRC for allegedly failing to act to fulfill its mandate and moral duty to visit the kidnapped Israelis held as captives in Gaza.

“We cannot accept this disregard and disrespect for human lives, just because the hostages are Jewish,” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, founder and President of Shurat HaDin said.

She said that the ICRC is simply “biased” and “apathetic” to Israeli lives.

“The ICRC was slow to intervene and did not act firmly to facilitate visits or try to supply the medicines required to the hostages,” she said.

Meanwhile, ICRC has said that the organisation is neutral and that the situation on ground is making it increasingly difficult to operate for the organisation.

During the visit of ICRC President Mirjana Spoljaric Egger to Israel, the Hostages and Missing Families Forum had insisted her to personally intervene and meet the Israeli hostages who were held in Hamas captivity.

During the temporary one week truce from 24 November to 1 December , between Hamas and Israel, the Hamas released 105 hostages while at least 129 hostages are still in their captivity.

The Israelis believe that out of the remaining 129 hostages, at least 20 hostages have died.

There are thousands of Palestinians in Israeli jails who have been held without any trials and access to legal counsel.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club has said that Israeli forces have arrested more than 4,655 people in the occupied West Bank since 7 October.

Israel launched a ground offensive inside Gaza on 27 October after Hamas attacked Israel in a surprise attack on 7 October in which 1200 Israelis were killed and over 200 were taken hostage.

Since the outbreak of hostilities, over 20,000 Palestinians have been killed mostly children and women while 52,286 Palestinians have been injured.

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